TUNES

Welcome to Tunes From Doolin !

The tunes you will find on this website are a collection of Irish Traditional Music tunes I have learned over the years in Doolin, from various sessions, friends and some recordings too.

All the tunes are written in ABC format and come in sheet music format as well. I am also hoping to be able to record as many tunes as possible in the near future and to post them here as well as on the YouTube channel (feel free to subscribe to the channel here!).

The tunes are divided into 4 main categories :

  • ReelsThe most common type of tunes, especially here in Co. Clare.
  • JigsThis category regroups Jigs, Slip Jigs, Hop Jigs, etc.
  • HornpipesAnother common type of dance tunes here in County Clare.
  • Other Tunes : A collection of different types of tunes including Barndances, Slides, Polkas, Marches, Setdances, etc.

Recent posts

Patsy Touhey's Reel (reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Patsy Touhey’s

I learned Patsy Touhey’s many years ago from the playing of Terry Bingham and was recently reminded of this great tune by Jack Talty.

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Micho Russell's Mason's Apron (Reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Micho Russell’s Mason’s Apron

This is Micho Russell’s version of “The Mason’s Apron”. I believe he learned it from one of his neighbours in Doonagore. This version is quite a common reel in sessions around Doolin and is one of the most famous tunes associated with Micho Russell.

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The Maids of Mount Kisco (reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Maids of Mount Kisco (The)

The Maids of Mount Kisco (often spelled “Mount Cisco”) is a very popular session tune. Mount Kisco is actually a place in New York State. I have learned this great reel through various sessions and associate it with the playing of two great ladies in particular, Kitty Hayes and Elizabeth Crotty.

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Josephine Begley's (hornpipe) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Josephine Begley’s

I first learned “Josephine Begley’s” many years ago from Terry Bingham’s album, on which he calls this tune “Mairtin O’Connor’s”. I only found out in February 2021 that this hornpipe was in fact a composition of Frankie Gavin. It is the great flute and concertina player from Laois Tommy Fitzharris who provided me with this information.

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The Maids of Mitchelstown (reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Maids of Mitchelstown (The)

“The Maids of Mitchelstown” is a wonderful tune that was made popular by The Bothy Band, on their album Out Of The Wind Into The Sun. I believe the original key was D minor, and I learned it in that key from my friend Tom Delany. It is also quite common in E minor in sessions around Doolin, as recorded by the great band Moher.

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The Maid In The Meadow (reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Maid in the Meadow (The)

I learned “The Maid in the Meadow” from Yvonne Casey’s first album. It is a great tune that you hear a good bit in sessions in the area. This reel is also sometimes called “The Dream of Home”, as collected by Breandán Breathnach.

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Random Tunes

Humours Of Tullycrine (The)

“The Humours of Tullycrine” is a wonderful hornpipe and has been one of my favourite tunes for many years. It is quite a common hornpipe in Clare, and I associate it Sean Vaughan in particular. It is often followed by another beautiful hornpipe, “Mickey Callaghan’s Fancy”.

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Cooley’s Reel

This is a very famous reel associated with Joe Cooley, the great accordion player from Peterswell in Co. Galway. The original title of this tune was “The Tulla Reel” I believe, but it has been known as “Cooley’s Reel” for a long time now, and it is very often followed by “The Wise Maid”.

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Bill Collin’s Jig

I learned Bill Collin’s Jig from Hugh Healy and Blackie O’Connell’s album “We Were Drinking And Kissing The Ladies”. It is a very nice jig that is quite common in sessions. They call it “The Harty Boys” on their album

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